dextrorse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dextrorse spiraling upward from left to right "dextrorse vines"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dextrorse (Botany) Turning from the left to the right, in the ascending line, as in the spiral inclination of the stem of the common morning-glory; as, dextrorse vines.☞ At present scientists predicate dextrorse or sinistrorse quality of the plant regarded objectively; formerly the plant was regarded subjectively, and what is now called dextrorse was then considered sinistrorse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dextrorse Rising from right to left, as a spiral line, helix, or climbing plant. [In botany this word is used in opposite senses by different authorities. Bentham, Hooker, Darwin, Gray, etc., use it as above defined. Linnæus, Braun, the De Candolles, and many others give it the opposite meaning.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dextrorse rising from right to left
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dextrorsum, contr. fr. dextrovorsum, dextroversum, toward the right side; dexter, right + versus, vorsus, p. p. of vertere, vortere, to turn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dexter; Gr. dexios, Sans. dakshina, on the right, on the south.

Usage

In literature:

Though the bean always insists on a sinistrorsal growth, as B, the hop prefers to climb in a dextrorsal manner, as A.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
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